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POSTURE AND POLICY- Inadequate Episodic Responses

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Author: Lt Gen Philip Campose PVSM, AVSM, VSM** (Retd)

It appeared India was considering a combination of political, diplomatic, economic and military measures as part of a strategy to punish Pakistan and make it roll back its terror policy. The decision to launch ‘surgical strikes’ was borne out of that robust approach and appeared to have achieved its aim. However, since then, there is an apparent weakening of India’s approach, providing space to Pakistan to hit back and dilute India’s professed advantage, as is manifest in attacks like the one at Nagrota. To that extent, it would not be wrong to conclude that our overall response to security threats are lethargic, episodic and highly ‘adhoc’, to say the least.


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